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St. Petersburg and Safety Harbor galleries present jewelry made by hand

There’s also a Quinceanera expo and prom dresses for those in need, plus you can spend the weekend at Vintage Marche.


Lovers of handmade art jewelry will have to make some tough decisions this weekend when local galleries focus on bijoux.

Ring It On: The event at Shapiro’s Gallery that brings 400 rings created by 15 American jewelers and metalsmiths is just one of the reasons it recently received an American Handcrafted Legacy Award. Choose from sterling silver, 14K gold, mixed metals, glass and semiprecious stones. The limited event starts Friday and runs through March 21. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-2111.

Alex Sepkus Trunk Show: Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass will host Candace Edelman, the chief operating officer and stone buyer for Alex Sepkus Inc. She will bring a selection of the unique platinum and 18-karat gold jewelry inspired by worldly things such as a flagstone on a medieval church floor. The company employs 17 craftsmen to bring the vision to fruition. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-2 p.m. Sunday. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 725-1808.

Safety Harbor's Syd Entel Galleries will host a trunk show of jewelry by Alex Sepkus on March 7 and 8. [Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries]


Anyone who has ever been to a quinceanera knows they are full-scale productions that rival weddings. So it makes sense that Quinceañera Magazine would have an expo in Tampa this weekend, where girls looking forward to their 15th birthday enter for free and can find their perfect dresses, tiaras, cakes, choreographers and photographers. With dance performances, food, a cash bar and photo booths, the expo will feel like a party. Also, part of the proceeds go to a college scholarship fund for Hispanic girls. $10, free for children 10 and younger. Noon-5 :30 p.m. Sunday. Avalon Event Center, 10051 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (786) 537-2311.

The Quinceañera Magazine expo will return to Tampa on March 8. [Courtesy of R&R Productions]


Speaking of getting dressed up, prom season is approaching. That can be costly and may keep some teens from attending the milestone event. Enter Belle of the Ball, an organization that provides free dresses and accessories for teens in need. Teen girls can shop on four “distribution” days in March and April starting on Saturday. A $1 to $5 donation is suggested but not required. Girls must fill out forms prior to shopping. Donations of dresses and accessories are also accepted on these days. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1210 Holt Ave., Clearwater.